Before you install the iPad 2 iOS 8.2 update on your old iPad you need to know what’s new in iOS 8.2 and how it performs on the iPad 2. We’ll show you the five most important details about the iPad 2 iOS 8.2 update so you can install it after you decide if this update is right for you.
Apple announced iOS 8.2 a week ago at an Apple Watch event and Apple Watch compatibility is a big part of this update, but it is not the only reason to install the iOS 8.2 update. The Apple Watch doesn’t work with an iPad, but there are plenty of other upgrades and fixes in this free update for iPad 2 owners to enjoy.
If you are already running iOS 8 on your iPad 2, the iOS 8.2 update delivers fixes to a lot of annoying iOS 8 problems.
Here is a fast look at the five most important things you need to know about the iPad 2 iOS 8.2 update just over a week after the iOS 8.2 release date.
Easier to Upgrade to iOS 8.2 on iPad 2
Starting with recent smaller upgrades Apple made it easier to upgrade the iPad 2 and other devices with limited storage to new versions of iOS 8 without the need for as much free storage.
is ( in Hong Kong ) just updated · my <iPad 2 Wi Fi in white> to iOS 8.2 via over the air without using iTunes ! (^.^) file size : 274 MB
— Pinta Kong (@pintakong) March 11, 2015
Users report that it is easier to install iOS 8.2 on the iPad 2 without plugging in to iTunes, which is great for users who want to upgrade to the latest version of iOS 8 without plugging in to a computer.
iPad 2 iOS 8.2 Performance
Overall the iPad 2 iOS 8.2 performance is good for most users. Performance can vary from one device to the next based on apps, actual usage and other factors, but for the most part this is a solid update.
Side note: iOS 8.2 makes my iPad 2 totally usable again. Nice.
— Andy Smith (@asmith1106) March 10, 2015
The video below shows the speed and iOS 8.2 performance on the iPad 2 so that you can see how this update handles on one individual’s iPad 2. This is not a side-by-side comparison so it is tough to see exactly how it compares to iOS 8.1.3, but it will help you understand how fast this update handles on the iPad 2.
iOS 8.2 Update is About More than Apple Watch
Some users think that the iOS 8.2 update is only about the Apple Watch or about fixing iphone problems, but that’s not the case. There are a 10 iOS 8 problems that this fixes that can specifically address iPad problems and there are other security fixes as part of the iOS 8.2 update.
- Fixes an issue in Maps that prevented navigating to some favorite locations
- Addresses an issue where the last word in a quick reply message wasn’t autocorrected
- Fixes an issue where duplicate iTunes purchased content could prevent iCloud restore from completing
- Resolves an issue where some music or playlists didn’t sync from iTunes to the Music app
- Fixes an issue where deleted audiobooks sometimes remained on device
- Fixes a timezone issue where Calendar events appear in GMT
- Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom recurring meeting to drop from an Exchange calendar
- Fixes a certificate error that prevented configuring an Exchange account behind a third-party gateway
- Fixes an issue that could cause an organizer’s Exchange meeting notes to be overwritten
- Resolves an issue that prevented some Calendar events from automatically showing as ‘Busy’ after accepting an invite
iPad 2 iOS 8.2 Problems & Fixes
Overall this is a solid update without a widespread list of complaints and issues, but there are some small and regular problems that users should be aware of. In the Apple Support Forums one user reports that AirPlay only sends audio at full volume or no volume and on Reddit there is a complaint about saving a PDF file on the iPad 2 running iOS 8.2, but that may be linked to the large file size.
If you are experiencing problems with the iPad 2 after installing the iOS 8.2 update, you should check out our list of common iOS 8.2 problems and fixes that will help you overcome most issues and bugs that can appear after upgrading to iOS 8.2.
It is possible to downgrade from iOS 8.2 to iOS 8.1.3 if you can’t fix a specific problem. With this in mind it is a good idea to test your favorite apps and most used services so that you can decide if you need to downgrade before Apple closes this option.
iOS 8.3 Release & Beta
If you don’t upgrade to the iOS 8.2 update you can still count on another major upgrade in the near future. Apple is working on iOS 8.3 now and there is a public iOS 8.3 beta that users can request access to use. Not everyone should install the iOS 8.3 beta, but it is an option to keep in mind.
The good news is that the iOS 8.2 update is not the last update for the iPad 2. We expect to see iOS 8.3 and possibly iOS 8.4 deliver features and fixes to the iPad 2. It is very likely that Apple will stop supporting the iPad 2 with new updates at the iOS 9 release this fall.